Air bp announces first sale of SAF produced at Catellon refinery


Air bp has announced the first sale of International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) EU SAF from bp’s refinery in Castellon, Spain (pictured).

The first buyer was LATAM Group, one of South America’s largest airlines. The flight was by LATAM Cargo Chile from Zaragoza, Spain to North America.

“This flight represents one of our most concrete steps in our SAF fuel agenda,” said Andrés Bianchi, CEO, LATAM Cargo. “This first fuelling reflects the importance of the collaboration of all players in the logistics chain including AENA and Exolum.”

Air bp’s ISCC EU SAF is produced through co-processing at the Castellon refinery from waste-based feedstock blended with fossil fuel. Co-processing of sustainable feedstock at up to 5% is currently permitted in jet fuel specification. bp has launched an industry task force looking to increase this to 30%.

The firm also said that its production of biofuels at Castellon, including SAF, is expected to increase to 650,000 tonnes a year by 2030.

Andreea Moyes, global sustainability director, Air bp said that co-processing has an integral role to play in scaling up SAF production and is key to replacing fossil fuel with renewable feedstock in existing refineries.

“All technologies and pathways, both standalone and co-processing, are needed to help the industry decarbonise and reach its goal of net zero by 2050,” said Moyes. “The supply of ISCC EU SAF from Castellon will open new opportunities throughout the country and beyond.”